NUCLEAR REACTOR PULSE ANALYSIS, AN APPLICATION OF A REAL-TIME COMPILER
ARMED FORCES RADIOBIOLOGY RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD
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The use and advantages of a Real-Time FORTRAN RTF Compiler are illustrated by describing the collection and processing of data acquired from a TRIGA nuclear reactor on the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute Data Acquisition System. The system computes the reactor period and reactivity as a function of time from data acquired on-line during a reactor pulse. The hardware components of the system, comprised of an SDS 920 digital computer and special-purpose interface equipment, are described, as is the software package which makes use of an RTF Compiler. The illustration shows how the flexibility and programming simplicity of a problem-oriented compiler language in a real- time environment enables the implementation of an on-line data acquisition system operation with less effort and in less time than that required when a standard symbolic assembly language is used.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering